Bordering the rural East Somerset and Dorset, Yeovil is a typical welcoming west-country market town, with a weekly livestock market as well as the regional focal point for shopping, entertainment and leisure opportunities.
The town center is a mixture of warm stone buildings dating from Yeovil’s heyday as an important leather manufacturing town, particularly in the High Street area, and the peaceful 14th century St John the Baptist Church that should not be missed. The more modern area of town and shopper’s paradise is the new Quedam Shopping Centre, also home to Yeovil’s Farmers’ Market which is held on the second Thursday of every month.
Leisure time can be spent in the two theaters (Swan and Octagon), multi-screen cinema, and Goldenstones pool and leisure center. A more modern evening of entertainment can be had at the town’s 18-lane bowling center in Old Station Road, or you can brush up on your winter sports skills at the Yeovil Ski Centre, Addlewell Lane.
Montacute House is a magnificent 16th century mansion, former home of layer Edward Phelips who supported the prosecution in the famous trial of Guy Fawkes. Just four miles west of Yeovil in Montacute village (film location of Sense and Sensibility), the house is considered one of the country’s best preserved stately homes, and is particularly known for its extensive collection of tapestries.
For the more adventure-minded, just seven miles north of Yeovil is Yeovilton, home to the Fleet Air Arm Museum, housing a collection of over 50 historical aircraft including the impressive Concorde prototype, and permanent exhibition of historical conflicts from the two world wars to a modern-day aircraft-carrier simulation.
Regional airports at Exeter, Southampton (Eastleigh), Bristol and Bournemouth serve Yeovil, and each airport is approximately less than an hour away by car. Yeovil is also located near A303, a major trunk route from the south-west to London, connecting to the M3 and M25 motorways for access to Heathrow and Gatwick airports, both approximately 2-3 hours away.